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NYC Sanitation Truck Crashes Through Building, Dangles From Third Floor, Driver Rescued (PHOTO, VIDEO)

08/17/2011 12:10 pm ET | Updated Oct 17, 2011

A Department of Sanitation vehicle crashed through the third floor of building in Queens on Wednesday morning, leaving the driver stranded while rescuers rushed to the scene, according to WPIX and the New York City Fire Department.

The driver of the truck, a 56-year-old male, was rescued using a tower ladder truck within a half hour of firefighters arriving on the scene, an FDNY spokesperson told HuffPost. He was taken to Elmhurst hospital with neck and back injuries.

Over the course of the rescue, 25 units -- over 100 firefighters -- responded to the scene.

The incident occurred on the second floor of a sanitation garage at 58-65 52nd Road in Queens, according to the FDNY.

WPIX reports that the vehicle is a Department of Sanitation salt truck, and although debris from the building fell on the sidewalk, no other injuries have been reported.

According to the New York City Office of Emergency Management, roads around the area have been closed due to a "structural incident."

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